How to control blood sugar level naturally?

As a rule of thumb, normal fasting blood sugar level should be between 70 mg/dl to 100 mg/dl.  Anything between 100 mg/dl to 125 mg/dl is considered as prediabetes and anything above this is diagnosed by doctors as diabetes.  When your  pancreas gives up on producing the insulin that is required to control sugar in the blood, the count goes haywire and that is when they say that the levels are too high.  Excessive intake of carbohydrate, irregular eating habits and lack of exercise causes hormonal disorders and thereby disturbs the functioning of your body in the way it is naturally programmed to do.

A healthy lifestyle and a consistent regime to keep the body fit is the mantra to a diabetic free life.  A few easy to achieve tips to keep blood sugar levels under control are mentioned in this article.

  • The first thing is to get a blood sugar level monitor 

In order to control the levels one must regularly check the levels, at least once in a fortnight.

  • Get your eating in place 

Avoid eating oily and junk food .Include a lot of nonstarchy vegetables and fruits in your diet.  Broccoli, green beans, spinach, papaya, cucumber are some of the fruits and vegetables that one must include in their diet.  Oatmeal is a good substitute for Rice.  It’s better to have brown bread rather than the white ones as the white ones instantly raises the sugar levels.  Whereas, the brown bread takes longer to digest and therefore the release of sugar is delayed. Eat stuff that takes time to digest and is high in soluble fibres.

Meat that is rich in protein is said to be controlling the sugar levels well.  Fish like salmon and skinned chicken, grilled or roasted is advisable.

Adding a quarter to half a spoon of cinnamon powder per day in your diet is said to be aiding the process of keeping your sugar levels under control.

  • Don’t  skip your meals and eat in moderate quantities:

More than what you are eating, how much and how often you are eating is significant.  Ensure that you eat everything in moderate quantities and eat every 2-3 hrs.  Skipping a meal is extremely hazardous for the sugar levels.  This disturbs the normal functioning and due to skipping a meal you may end up overeating and this in turn causes a fluctuation in the sugar levels in your body.

  • Keep yourself hydrated in the right way

Plain water is the best to keep the body hydrated as high sugar level may cause frequent urination thereby dehydrating the body.  Avoid sugary and carbonated beverages.  Drinking alcoholic beverages in moderate quantities is not a taboo however, that depends on the reading of blood sugar level in your body and should be consulted with your doctor. 

  • Work out and get a good sleep

Working out is the key to controlling your sugar levels.  In order to ensure, that the carbs you may have consumed throughout the day does not get stored in your body as layers of fat, you need to burn it out.

This would also help you get a good sleep.  Lack of sleep again messes up with your hormones and affects the normal functioning of the insulin.

  • Detoxify at a natural health clinic

There are a lot of naturopathy centres all over the world. All you need  to do is to take some time out for yourself and go through a natural detoxifying treatment in one of these centres at least once in a year. This helps in getting your stress levels under control and it puts you on a healthy diet while you are there at the center. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to naturally heal their bodies.

Remember, when you are trying to control your blood sugar levels, you are automatically controlling your cholesterol levels at the same time, as both of them go hand in hand.

 

 

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How far can Naturopathy go as a healing touch?

Naturopathy in simple words would mean natural healing.  This is a process of getting the ailing close to the nature and use natural therapies to cure it.  Naturopathy doesn’t recommend EBMs (evidence based medicines) and they are considered as alternatives.  This form of treatment is said to be based on experience and anecdotes.  Some of the different forms of naturopathy are reiki, nutrition diets, massage therapies, acupuncture, herbal medicines etc

Naturopathy is about being pre-emptive.  When integrated with other methods of treatment it works wonders.  For terminal diseases like Cancer, EBMs (evidence based medicines) are more recommended.  Then it is complemented by alternative treatments like detoxifying, yoga, meditation and a diet plan.

There are naturopathy treatment centers all across the world and they are highly acclaimed for their rejuvenating effects.  All of these centers follow a vegetarian diet and prohibit you from smoking, drinking liquor or caffeinated drinks.  Some of these centers follow a fasting theory for a few hours in the day or some days of the week while some follow the theory of “Silence Heals”., which means you are not allowed to talk for as along as you are there in the center.  Naturopathy is based on the belief that all diseases are caused due to insufficient nutrients or some anomalies in the energy circle that surrounds one.  So, the idea is to replenish the body with the required ingredients and revive the energy circle to allow the body heal itself the natural way.

There are schools that teach this form of treatment and there are courses with duration of 4 yrs and above.  There are naturopathy physicians who are licensed under these training programs to carry out their practice.  They are trained to do minor surgeries and tests.  However there are Naturopaths that practice purely based on their apprenticeship with another doctor and they do not carry a license.  One needs to be very careful of quacks when going to a naturopath.  Their treatment is more often feelings based and nothing really substantiates the treatment being given.  Naturopathy doesn’t even recommend pediatric vaccination although scientific research has proved that children not getting these vaccinations are more susceptible to the infections than the other children who got them.

Undergoing the naturopathy therapies like massage & rejuvenation camps are extremely relaxing and soothing for the nerves.  There are therapies for stress, post delivery tummy, spondylosis, depression, body aches etc…  The diets subscribed for different ailments are very effective and detoxifying.  The meditation and reiki camps really play with your energy fields to let positive energy dwell within you and your surroundings.

So, the alternative treatment really complements the EBMs in true sense of the word and I think it’s incomplete as a stand alone.  Therefore, one must use their prudence and discretion when going for the alternative treatment specially in cases that need immediate medical attention.